But that’s just not the case for the Gogglebox stars, who have their hilarious and often controversial opinions broadcast to millions of viewers.
Most of the time, wheelchair viewers are praised for their witty and humorous insight on weekly television.
This elevated a crowd of sofa dwellers to stardom, including television favorite Scarlett Moffatt, chic duo Steph and Dom Parker, and highly regarded June and Leon Bernicoff.
However, some Gogglebox participants can cross the line from time to time and speak of the nation’s anger.
Some of the show’s most outrageous moments have led scandalized viewers to complain to television watchdog Ofcom.
More recently, Mary Killen was criticized for her “racist” impression of the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
While some stars have unleashed a furious reaction in recent months for apparently breaking government guidelines on social distancing.
And the bosses of the series took action against certain stars when they defied their rules.
Here is an overview of Gogglebox’s most outrageous complaints:
Marie’s “racist” impression
Mark Killen was hit by a barrage of criticism after making a controversial impression on the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jogn-un.
Dying columnist and aunt Giles discussed speculation that the dictator died on the show.
On rumors that a video showing the North Korean leader had been rigged, Mary argued: “I think what will happen, if he is dead and it is a fake video, then the sister will simply have to put things in place for her to take over. ”
Then she made a mocking impression of a Korean accent, rolling her eyes back and saying, “Oh great boss. He died yesterday. “
Even husband Giles was shocked by Mary’s explosion and admitted it may not be acceptable.
He replied, “This is a very good imitation, Mary. I don’t know how it is, but it’s a great imitation. “
Gogglebox viewers flocked to Twitter to criticize Mary’s awkward impression, which prompted 33 complaints to Ofcom.
“Incredibly shocked by this racist impression made by Mary Killen on #Gogglebox. It is a clear demonstration of white supremacy and how this woman is too privileged. There are no words. I think Channel 4 is on this controversy to gain publicity or create more racism in Britain, “said one indignant spectator.
Another added: “Massive racist abuse by Mary #Gogglebox Very bad taste “
“Hell hell Mary, that voice was a little bit risky these days baby,” said a third.
A fourth agreed: “Oh Mary wow. I just caught the end of #gogglebox, I’m not sure that Kim Yo-jong’s impression of Mary should have been left! “”
However, other viewers defended Mary, insisting that he was not racist and did not offend.
Ellie jostles her dog
Dog lovers everywhere were furious with Ellie Warner when she pushed her dog into the series last year.
Ellie faced anger from viewers after pushing her dog Mick off the couch after spilling beans on his leg while eating a KFC.
His six-month-old Italian greyhound fell from a stool after being removed from his food – leaving viewers disgusted at home in disbelief.
Some viewers were puzzled as to why the horrific scene was broadcast, while others even reported it to the RSPCA.
Speaking to Twitter, we wrote, “Dog abuse #Gogglebox @RSPCA_official. “
While another commented, “DON’T repel your dog like that #Gogglebox. “
A third remarked: “Watching the poor pushed puppy makes me want to cry, she shouldn’t have a dog if that’s how she treats him and God only knows how rough she is with her outside the camera # Gogglebox. “
Another wrote, “DO NOT repel your dog like that #Gogglebox. “
Ellie retaliated to explain her actions and insisted that her pet dog not be injured.
She wrote, “Sorry, everyone was scolded for burning hot beans, the stool is literally one foot from the ground, so the mick was not injured.
“I love my dog and I would never hurt him or let him eat fried Kentucky chicken either because it is not suitable food for dogs. “
The RSPCA actually responded to a tweet that called its actions “dog abuse”.
On Twitter, the animal charity wrote: “It’s sad to see, there is no need to repel a dog like this ? We only advocate the use of positive reinforcement training, as opposed to punish bad behavior in dogs. “
After the RSPCA responded, Ellie tweeted, “You are welcome to visit and inquire at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact me to make arrangements, thank you. “
An RSPCA representative told Mirror Online that there are no plans to investigate the matter further.
Infringing the rules of social distancing
The coronavirus pandemic forced us to stay away from our loved ones for months.
But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for some of the Gogglebox stars, who apparently flout the social distancing rules designed to protect the nation and help the NHS.
Gogglebox has repeatedly insisted not to break the rules. The announcer before the show said, “Don’t worry. Everyone on Gogglebox follows the rules of social distancing. “
But disgusted viewers have noticed that some of the stars are mixing households, despite government advice to stay at home and only hang out with people in your household.
They rightly pointed out that appearing on Gogglebox is not an “essential service” in the midst of the greatest crisis that has hit the world since World War II.
Izzi and Ellie Warner had previously followed the guidelines, Ellie’s boyfriend appearing in place of his sister, but returned to sit side by side despite the fact that they do not live together.
Sid Siddiqui was also missing due to the two-meter social distance rule, but his sons decided to continue filming together despite living apart.
Baasit and Umar have been accused of “setting a terrible example” by sharing the same sofa without living together.
Some Gogglebox stars comply, Lee Riley and Jenny Newby still being together after having decided to lock out the same residence as “friends without benefits”.
A spokesperson for the show told The Mirror, “Most families live together, but where they don’t, they follow PES guidelines on social distance.
“Gogglebox will only film with families if it is safe. The health and safety of our actors and our team are paramount. “
Speaking to Twitter, an angry spectator said, “Since you are not allowed to mix households, we have not seen anyone else for more than a month. However, there are two examples of a violation of this rule on #Gogglebox. It is clear that @ Channel4 does not seem to care and even sponsors us by saying that “social distance is respected”. ”
Adding another: “This is where @ Channel4 tells us that families can mix because they stay within 2 ms of each other despite the fact that the government tells us that we cannot mix with people we don’t live with. “
“I don’t quite understand how they can broadcast this show by saying” all our families of glasses are socially distanced “when one of them literally moves at will,” tweeted a third.
A fourth agreed: “Channel 4 tries to reassure its viewers that everyone on #Gogglebox follows social distancing. Are they safe unless they live in the same house? “
“#GOGGLEBOX said Izzy and Elle are following the guidelines, but they can’t be because they’re together in the same house. You cannot visit the homes of friends or families no matter how far you go, “said a fifth.
The Manuel family’s “offensive” mug
The Manuel family’s debut didn’t go quite as planned, as it sparked a huge argument over a controversial cup.
A cup displaying the Bridgeton Loyal Supporter’s badge could clearly be spotted on the Scottish family’s coffee table during their first show in 2016.
The controversial Protestant group is known to blow up rival Celtic club on social media, while their excavations regularly include anti-Catholic jibes, mocking the predominant religion of the team’s loyal fan base, according to reports.
According to The Sun, a spokesperson for Channel 4 said, “All of the families on Gogglebox remember the show’s protocols. We apologize for any infraction caused by this omission which violated our protocols on promotional items appearing on the program.
“As soon as we realized, we took immediate steps to make sure it was no longer visible in rehearsals or on All4. “
Channel 4 then repeated the episode and the “offensive” dishes were blurred due to concerns that colors would add fuel to Old Firm’s deep rivalry.
But that caused a scandal in itself, because the fans of the Rangers denounced the producers for having censored their opinions.
Ellie berated for #MeToo “joke”
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The controversial sisters are back once again when Gogglebox viewers requested that they be removed in September of last year following their #MeToo comments.
Ellie revealed that she invented a tag game based on the #MeToo movement in which participants had to grab women’s breasts or buttocks.
She said, “I played Tag not so long ago … but we called it #MeToo and basically we had to chase ourselves and grab someone’s breasts or buttocks. And they did. “
It was an insensitive reference to the sexual assaults suffered by victims who spoke out as part of the movement which saw many courageous victims denounce their attackers.
Izzi berated his sister for the comment, saying, “I don’t think you’re supposed to be making a game with #MeToo. “
Ellie was called “disgusting” by fans of the series last night after being seen joking on the #MeToo movement.
One wrote, “These sisters are disgusting. One… plays a boob game with the Me Too movement.
“They should be taken off the air. I don’t easily offend these vile two. “
Another tweeted: “Make a game from the Me Too movement ??? Hmmm … I mean, why would you even admit to having done such a stupid thing? “
Brother Siddiqui’s “ISIS” joke
The Siddiqui brothers were forced to apologize after making a joke about ISIS on social media in August 2016.
Police were contacted after sharing a Facebook post of them smiling while preparing for paintball dressed in camouflage
Gogglebox favorites Baasit and Umar Siddiqui, as well as Raza Siddiqui, who all posed for a snapshot, captioned it: “ISIS training day, look how happy we are! “
After the photo was uploaded by Raza, it launched a police investigation into a complaint.
While some thought it was light, others called them “damn idiots”, saying that no one should joke on ISIS, because it’s not about laughing.
Speaking on Twitter to apologize, Baasit wrote: “The image on Facebook was supposed to be light but was clearly a joke that was judged poorly. We are extremely sorry for any infraction caused. “
Initially, the police said they were trying to contact the brothers about the image.
A police spokesperson told The Mirror, “The officers went to see them this weekend, they went home several times, going again yesterday, but they are not home.
“They will keep trying until they are able to tell them about photography. “
A Channel 4 spokesperson also told us, “The Siddiquis were not investigated by local police, they are aware that this message was misjudged and have apologized for their mistake. . This will not affect their position on Gogglebox. “
Derbyshire police concluded that there was no connection to terrorism, but said they “would provide appropriate advice”.
* Gogglebox broadcasts Fridays on channel 4 at 9 p.m.